On Monday, September 17, to mark the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, people from all over will descend on the Financial District, engaging in various forms of direct action to disrupt business as usual.
Please come help plan this action on Friday, August 31 at 6:00 PM at Foley Square. The meeting will be structured as an Affinity Group Spokescouncil.
If you don’t already have an affinity group, you can meet other like-minded people, and create one! There’s a place for everyone to participate actively in the First Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street! At 5:00 PM, we will hold a training for those who are interested.
After catching everyone up to speed on the plans thus far and introducing everyone to everyone else, we will be discussing action agreements, risk levels, communication, other exciting logistical issues, and whatever else people want to discuss. Please spread the word and hope to see you there!
If you cannot attend in person but would still like to participate, you can call in! More info here.
What’s an affinity group?
An affinity group is a small group of people (typically 5-15) who trust one another and organize around a shared tactic, identity, skill or politics. They operate autonomously but sometimes “cluster” with other affinity group to plan larger actions. An affinity group may be based around a specific theme, like Get Capitalism Out Of Politics! or Ban Fracking Now! – or it may fulfill a specific role like media, medical, legal, music, frivolity, or jail support, or partake in a direct action or an act of civil disobedience, like blocking the entrance to a building, or distributing free food to the public. Taking care of other members of one’s AG can take the form of moral, de-arresting, fun costumes, or simply taking care of someone’s pets while they’re out hitting the streets. Some resources are provided below with ideas for building trust and care in an AG.
What’s a spokescouncil? For large actions (such as S17) a spokescouncil is a non-hierarchical structure that can be used to coordinate the actions of the day by a number of different groups – rather than have them be decided by any single person or group. Every affinity group selects a person to serve as a “spoke”; any and all other members of the group can be present. The spoke must accurately reflect the views of the AG when speaking, presenting proposals, and making decisions. This role should be rotated every meeting to avoid any one member having too much power. Some form of consensus is used to make decisions at spokescouncils, but because AGs are autonomous, not every itty bitty details requires consensus from the entire spokescouncil. Without the pitfalls of micromanaging, this structure is a way to make decisions horizontally and increase the effectiveness of a mass action.
For more information about affinity groups and spokescouncils, visit: